After putting so much time and thought into planning this much needed refurbishment, it is satisfying to see it now underway.
The iconic ANU College of Law building is undergoing a substantial renovation.
The major refurbishment of the Fellows Road building has begun with the north wing where the ANU Law Students Society, the National Judicial College of Australia, IT and several academics were located.
The project will be completed in three stages over three years, with residents of each wing moving into new offices within the College or separate buildings while the work is completed.
The update will include a state-of-the-art moot court, new common areas with work stations for law students, teaching spaces and more enclosed areas to provide comfort and space during Canberra’s cold winters and hot summers.
While the building’s interior and extensions will be brand new, the iconic facade that can be seen from the lush green lawns will essentially be kept.
Glass walls will be used to enclose the cloisters on the ground floor, increasing the common spaces that provide shelter from the elements.
Dean Professor Stephen Bottomley said planning for the project had been a long process but it was exciting to see the builders get stuck into the work.
“The offices are empty, the scaffolding is up, and we’ve even seen one part of the project completed with the stylish new bicycle racks in front of the south wing,” he said.
“After putting so much time and thought into planning this much needed refurbishment, it is satisfying to see it now underway.
“We’re excited to share our redevelopment plans and we are grateful to all of our students, faculty members and guests for their patience during this time.”
Part of the planning process included sustainability considerations, with a solar passive design to limit the need for air conditioning in the warmer months.
The building refurbishment has been designed by Guida Moseley Brown Architects and the project is being managed by Shaw Building Group.